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February 2017 Archives

A Long Path to a Green Card

Mr. Acosta came to Youman, Madeo & Fasano in March 2015 after hearing about our firm from our television show. Mr. Acosta had already been in removal proceedings for nearly ten years when he came to YMF and had prior counsel who had handled his case, but he was looking for a change. He had been living in the United States since 2000 when, in 2006, the government of Peru contacted Interpol and the Department of State and Mr. Acosta was arrested and placed in removal proceedings based on an accusation that he had committed genocide in Peru. He initially had a hearing on an asylum claim in 2008, but then the case switched course to adjustment of status through an approved marriage petition from his U.S. citizen wife. Because of the alleged charges against him, neither the Immigration Judge nor the Department of Homeland Security would agree to remand the adjustment adjudication to USCIS. Mr. Acosta met with Partner Raymond Fasano, to discuss his situation; Associate Attorney Christina Xenides was then assigned to work on the case.

A Long Path to a Green Card

Mr. Acosta came to Youman, Madeo & Fasano in March 2015 after hearing about our firm from our television show. Mr. Acosta had already been in removal proceedings for nearly ten years when he came to YMF and had prior counsel who had handled his case, but he was looking for a change. He had been living in the United States since 2000 when, in 2006, the government of Peru contacted Interpol and the Department of State and Mr. Acosta was arrested and placed in removal proceedings based on an accusation that he had committed genocide in Peru. He initially had a hearing on an asylum claim in 2008, but then the case switched course to adjustment of status through an approved marriage petition from his U.S. citizen wife. Because of the alleged charges against him, neither the Immigration Judge nor the Department of Homeland Security would agree to remand the adjustment adjudication to USCIS. Mr. Acosta met with Partner Raymond Fasano, to discuss his situation; Associate Attorney Christina Xenides was then assigned to work on the case.

Post-Election Immigration Policy Advocacy Efforts Begin at YMF

During the week before the presidential inauguration in January 2017, Monica E. Ahmad-Yee, who is the Managing Associate Attorney of the Jackson Heights, Queens office of YMF and the YMF Immigration Policy Advocacy Coordinator, submitted letters to numerous federal officials in support of the continued existence of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). DACA is a program implemented under an order of the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security in 2012 allowing work authorization for certain individuals who entered the U.S. as minors. The correspondence was sent to U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security General John Kelly, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, U.S. Democratic Whip Senator Dick Durbin, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat-the first person elected to Congress who was once undocumented. The correspondence highlighted the positive effects of DACA in the fields of real estate and architecture as the incoming administration considers whether to allow DACA to persist. DACA helps the U.S. to retain talent that promotes financial growth in the fields of real estate and architecture, areas in which President-elect Trump has shown a clear interest for decades. The purpose of the correspondence to various parties was to ensure that if it did not reach General Kelly directly, it could at least perhaps be forwarded to him or others close to him by Democratic elected officials who have demonstrated a commitment to immigrants' rights.

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